Music of Sekhar Kammula's production titled Aavakai Biryani is launched today at Hotel Taj Deccan, Hyderabad. The film made on Amigos Creations banner is directed by Anish Kuruvilla and music is by Manikanth Kadri. It stars debutants Kamal Kamaraju and Bindhu Madhavi in the lead roles.
Ramesh Prasad (IMAX) was the chief guest at the function and unveiled the audio cassette and presented the first number to producer Sekhar Kammula, who in turn released the audio CD, presenting it to Ramesh Prasad. The stage attraction included the lead pair, director Anish Kuruvilla, music director Manikanth Kadri, producers Sekhar Kammula and his brother Chandrasekhar Kammula, cinematographer Shyam, Aditya Music proprietor Umesh Gupta and others. A trailer showing the making of the film was screened to the gathering.
Anish Kuruvilla said: "I feel nostalgic when I now speak about this film Avakai Biryani. I happened to meet Sekhar Kammula in 1998 and sought him to take me as the assistant director for his films. When I joined his production house as assistant director, Sekhar never treated me as his assistant, but as technician and more so as an individual. Working with him is a big learning experience to me. He spotted the streak of a good director in me and now gave me the opportunity to make a cool film, though in tough outdoor setups and with lots of difficulties, which we all enjoyed with professional zeal. Manikanth Kadri's music is like soul of the film. It inspired all of the team members whenever we felt like boring on the sets. Vanamali showed his complete involvement. I didn't tell him the situations. Rather, I gave him the full script to know the situations for himself. All of his songs are superb with great poetry. We have excellent landscape in this film shot mostly in Vikarabad and surrounding forest locations. Both the hero and heroine of this film are Telugu persons. I am happy for that."
Ramesh Prasad said: "Though I can't speak Telugu fluently, I do understand the pleasant feel of the Telugu language. I appreciate Sekhar Kammula for his successful efforts in bringing back the audiences to the theatres. These days, the phenomenon of seeing full crowds in the cinema halls has become a very rare scene. Sekhar Kammaula brought the much-required nativity factor in all his films. I hope Avakai Biryani will be a big hit."
Sekhar Kammula said: "After Anand, Aditya Music is marketing our album once again. Director Anish Kuruvilla is a mine of talent. The success point in our production house is that we have grasped one important aspect in the Telugu film industry. Most of the small films with good themes and presentation are becoming blockbusters. It is all because of the purity of thought. Avakai Biryani is one such venture that has come from a noble thought with nobility in it. Though Anish asked me to be with him while shooting, I didn't do that. I wanted him to have free flow of his thoughts. I rarely visited the locations. The film shows the hopes and aspirations of the rustic people felt deep in their hearts. I thank my cinematographer, music director and lyricist for their wonderful work. I appreciate heroine Bindu Madhavi, a Telugu girl with beautiful looks and height, for her ease. Kamal Kamaraju after Godavari really graduated himself into a good actor."
Manikanth Kadri said: "I wish to quote the philosophy of my father – that music is universal and it has no caste, creed or religion. I promise that I have given the original music and tunes with natural feel pervading it. About 50% of the credit goes to lyricist Vanamali, whose work is full of music."
Vanamali said: "I didn't have much affinity with Sekhar Kammula other than working for his Happy Days. I again joined the team with this Avakai Biryani. I have really worked hard as though I penned for my first film. I assure the music lovers that I have given really good lyrics. I fondly hope that all the films will be great songs and elevate the success rate of the film."
Kamal Kamaraju (Hero) said that he felt at home working with Telugu heroine Bindu Madhavi (from Madanapalle in Chittoor district). "Generally, our artistes find it difficult to work with artistes from Mumbai, particularly when it comes to make them act with perfect mood in tune with the scene. There will also be a lot of difference between the real feel and reel feel. I hope that more and more Telugu artistes will come to the Telugu film industry."
Bindu Madhavi said: "I felt nervous when I got the opportunity to act in this film. The auditions went very happily. I thank Sekhar Kammula and Anish Kuruvilla and all the team members for their cooperation, though I am a new comer. The music highly inspired me on the sets whenever I found it difficult during certain scenes."
Avakai Biryani links:
Sekhar Kammula interview.